Friday, August 21, 2009

Gifts in Life

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echos are truly endless." Mother Theresa

I was thirteen when my friend Tommy taught me how to play chess. I got good at it very quickly. I loved figuring out strategies. I loved winning. I loved beating him.

Playing chess helped me survive on the streets. It taught me how to use my wits. It taught me how to figure out strategies that kept me alive.

At the time, Tommy fought with me to sit still, to learn the game. I wanted to be outside. I hated being still. At first I thought the game was too boring. He was a thinker. Unlike me, he wanted to sit quiet and think. Today I am grateful to Tommy's patience and how he taught me something that became a gift in my life.

I never knew when I started blogging I would connect with some amazing people. You guys are a gift. I learn from you, from your struggles, from your comments - Thank you so much for being here, for each of you being who you are.

I read your blogs and am amazed at the courage, the strength, the kindness and the perservance you all have.
I've gotten to know many of you, some more than others - I find myself thinking of you guys and praying for each of you.

And you have allowed me to have my voice, to say those things I've never able to say. I always felt alone in what happened. I couldn't let anyone in to this part of my world, the ugly part, the extreme self hate, the shame.......

You have listened, encouraged me and offered support. I want you to know how grateful I am for all of you. I want you to know how much I appreciate you. I think you guys are the absolute best. I think you guys are God's gift to me.


VICKI IN AZ said...

This is so generous and beautiful. I can not thank God enough for helping me to find you also!
You are an inspiration, you are a Gift.
God truly does lift us from our pain and lonely places of suffering and usually he does it through another.
He loves us so much but sometimes he wants us to know just how strong we are through adversity.
I am so happy that you have shared here this story of your friendship with Tommy and his gift to you.
I Love You Sarah.

Dean Corso said...

I want to thank you for letting me read your amazing words, which are written with pure honesty.
There's no doubt you're a special person, and I'd like to remind you something Sarah; you're an inspiration for some people out there too. People like you, will give birth to true meaning of love, and I'm honored to be a witness of this miracle.

Just Be Real said...

Sarah, 'you are real.' I gain so much from reading what is on your heart. Sarah, I appreciate your prayers, thank you. Tommy cetainly seemed to be a great friend. Dear one, thank you for sharing! Blessings and hugs to you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,
I am so glad you started coming to my blog. You have been an encouragement to me when I think, "Is anyone out there reading this?" Your comments always bless and encourage me. You are gift to me, too, and many others. I am so glad you found your voice and you are helping others find their voices, too. It just takes one light to illuminate a very dark room.

Thanks so much for the prayers.


Kelly's Ideas said...

You are a survivor and you are an inspiration and encourager - so thank you


Epiphany said...

The feeling is mutual friend. xx

Denise said...

You my dear, are the sweetest gift. Be blessed.

Deborah said...

Yes, Sarah, you are truly amazing. Most wouldn't have survived what you have. God has something special for you to do and I think you are doing part of it in these blogs. I'm so glad that you emailed me all because of my motorcycle photo next to the cross tree.

Thank you for sharing the deep stuff. I'm sure many are not feeling so alone because of your writings.



Heart2Heart said...


It truly takes courage to post your heart felt thoughts and feelings on a blog for the whole world to see, but I believe it not only helps you but helps the ones you will never see and know but who still live in the shadows but seeking the light within you.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Wonderingsoul said...

Hi Sarah,
I don't really know you yet but thank yo so much for wanting to share a little of my journey.
I can see how incredibly painful yours has been / is and I'm so sorry.
Your honesty is moving and I'm glad that I have found your writing.

Amy De Trempe said...

I just stumbled across your blog. This is just a beautiful post.

Wanda's Wings said...

You have encouraged me. I am so glad we are blogging friends. Friends are meant to help each other.

Anonymous said...

You sweet Sarah have been a inspiration to me as well. Your strength, your courage and determination are so inspiring. I praise God for you everyday and I am so grateful that He allowed our paths to cross. Stay strong in your faith my sweet friend. God has everything under control.

I love you!

Lisa Marie said...

The feeling is definitely mutual. <3 Everything I learn here I can guarantee you I wouldn't have learned otherwise. God's gift, you are.